Odd-even rule back in Delhi from Monday

Air quality in Delhi still ‘severe’ NGT pulls up AAP government for rising levels of pollution

Air quality in Delhi still ‘severe’ NGT pulls up AAP government for rising levels of pollution

The green court issued the directive a day after the Delhi government announced it would bring back the odd-even plan from November 13 to 17 to combat severe air pollution in Delhi and NCR region.

Taking to microblogging site Twitter, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot posted, "To encourage use of public transport during Odd-Even, Delhi Government to allow free travel for commuters in all DTC and Cluster buses from 13-17 November".

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who inaugurated 20 Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations here, blamed stubble burning for the "severe" air quality and said the neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab should come together with Delhi to find a solution.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) today gave its nod for the implementation of the Delhi government's odd-even auto rationing scheme for five days from November 13 to tackle high pollution level, with certain riders.

This is the third time the odd-even scheme is being launched in Delhi.

"This will an added burden on us as we are already making losses", a DTC official said on the condition of anonymity. "The exemptions will be similar as past year and there is no need for people to panic", he told reporters. It was implemented for 15 days from January 1-15 and April 15-30 past year.

CNG vehicles will be exempt but will need to have stickers in place.

Odd-even refers to the registration number of the vehicle and dates.

The NGT on Friday had barred the Delhi government from implementing the odd-even scheme in the capital and even asked the state government to prove its efficacy.

The Government has mandated that those indulging in violation of the order will have to pay a fine of Rs 2,000.

"Delhi Metro has also promised to provide 100 small buses during the period. However, there will be no compulsion", Mr. Gahlot said.

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